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Book Publishers: Frequently Asked Questions

How can I offer my books on iBooks?

To offer your books on iBooks, complete the application. You can choose between a Paid Books account and a Free Books account.

What is the difference between a Paid Books account and a Free Books account?

A Paid Books account allows you to sell books and offer books for free on iBooks. You will need to provide banking and tax information so you can receive payments.

A Free Books account allows you to offer books for free on iBooks. If you set up a Free Books account, and later decide you have books you’d like to sell, you will need to create a Paid Books account.

Can I work directly with Apple or should I use an aggregator?

You can sign up to offer your book by working directly with Apple. If you don’t know how to create digital books or if you need production help, it may be best to work with an aggregator. Aggregators are experts in delivering content to iBooks. For a fee they can correctly format and deliver your books to meet the iBooks Store specifications. View Apple-approved aggregators.

Do I need an Apple ID to offer my book on iBooks?

Yes, you must have an Apple ID for use on the iTunes Store with a valid credit card on file. This Apple ID cannot be associated with another iTunes Connect account. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you will need to create one using iTunes.

I already have an iTunes Connect account for another media type (such as apps, music, TV content, or movies). Can I use it to offer books?

If you currently have an iTunes Connect account for a different media type, you must create a new iTunes Connect account with a different Apple ID in order to offer books.

How much does it cost to sign up to offer my books on iBooks?

Signing up to offer your books on iBooks is free. Additional details on the sales terms are available during the sign-up process.

Do I need an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)?

No, an ISBN is not required but recommended for any book you are offering on iBooks. An ISBN uniquely identifies the book and its current edition, and helps you to ensure that you are marketing the right book. The ISBN is also required for reporting your book’s sales to the industry reporting agencies and charting organizations.

To obtain an ISBN in the U.S., contact Bowker. To obtain an ISBN outside the U.S., contact the International ISBN Agency.

Do I need a U.S. Tax ID?

If you signup for a Free Books, you don’t need a U.S. Tax ID.

A valid U.S. Tax ID is only required for Paid Books account as part of the iTunes Connect sign-up and authentication process. This requirement also applies to providers not based in the U.S. Request a U.S. Tax ID. Be sure to enter your U.S. Tax ID correctly when applying. If you are prompted to complete U.S. tax forms on iTunes Connect, you must use the same U.S. Tax ID.

My U.S. Tax ID and legal entity name is already associated with an iTunes Connect account for another media type (such as apps, music, TV content, or movies). Can I use them for my Paid Books application?

Yes, you can use it to complete the Paid Books application.

I get an error message that my name does not match the name for the Apple ID. What do I do?

Make sure that you have entered the correct Apple ID. To edit the name associated with your Apple ID, go to appleid.apple.com.

Who should apply to offer books on iBooks on behalf of my company?

Someone with the legal authority to sign documents on behalf of your company should apply to offer books on iBooks. Only that individual can accept the standard iTunes contract on iTunes Connect.

Should I use my own name or my company’s name as the legal name?

If you’re registered as a company, enter the legal entity name. If you’re signing up as an individual, enter your first and last name. The legal name you enter should match the name associated with the U.S. Tax ID and Tax ID type that you provide with your application.

How will I be notified of my application status?

You will be notified via email. Make sure your account is set up to receive email from do_not_reply@apple.com and check any spam filters on your email account.

Do you accept books in the PDF format?

No, iBooks only accepts books in the .ibooks and EPUB format.

What is EPUB?

EPUB is a free electronic book standard that uses XHTML. Before you submit your book, you should validate the EPUB files to ensure that they comply with the EPUB formatting standards (EPUB schema). All books submitted to iBooks must pass the latest version of ePubCheck, include only files listed in the manifest, and use UTF-8 or UTF-16 characters. For more information, see idpf.org/epub.

How do I create an EPUB?

To create a book in the EPUB format, you can use a variety of conversion tools. If you don’t know how to create books in the EPUB format, it may be best to work with an aggregator. Aggregators are experts in delivering content to iBooks. For a fee they can correctly format and deliver your books to meet the iBooks Store specifications. View book production and delivery services.

Note that Chinese and Japanese language books must be in the EPUB 3 format.

What is a Multi-Touch book?

A Multi-Touch book is a book created with iBooks Author. To view a Multi-Touch book, you must use an iPad with iBooks 2 or later, or iBooks on a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

How do I create a Multi-Touch book?

To create a Multi-Touch book, you can use iBooks Author. iBooks Author is available for free on the Mac App Store.

How do customers access the iBooks Store?

Customers can access the iBooks Store from iBooks on a Mac, from the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC, and from the iBooks app on a compatible iPad, iPhone, iPod touch. iBooks for iOS is available from the App Store.

Can I distribute books for free?

Yes, you can distribute your books for free, regardless of whether you have a Paid Books or Free Books account.

Can I distribute self-published books on the iBooks Store?

Yes, all instructions and processes are the same for both publishing organizations and self- published authors.

I cannot find the answer to my question. Where can I get additional help?

iBooks provides support via email and phone: